Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents / Edition 1

Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents / Edition 1

by Brian C. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933859245

ISBN-13: 9781933859248

Pub. Date: 06/15/2007

Publisher: ISI Books

Despite the fall of its ideological enemies—the political messianisms of communism and national socialism—democratic capitalism faces extraordinary challenges in the new millennium, argues City Journal editor and South Park Conservatives author Brian C. Anderson in this thought-provoking new book. Not only has a fanatical form of Islam

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Despite the fall of its ideological enemies—the political messianisms of communism and national socialism—democratic capitalism faces extraordinary challenges in the new millennium, argues City Journal editor and South Park Conservatives author Brian C. Anderson in this thought-provoking new book. Not only has a fanatical form of Islam distrupted the peace and prosperity of the postcommunist era, which some had wrongly heralded as a liberal-democratic “end of history”; our free societies also remain haunted by internal demons—egalitarian fantasies, moral libertinism, an arid and unsustainable secularism, a suicide of culture.
 
Yet nothing ordains the triumph of these demons over the democratic capitalist prospect, Anderson believes. Drawing on a rich anti-utopian tradition of political thought, he defends the real achievements of the free society against an array of critics, ranging from Jean-Paul Sartre to British anti-market conservative John Gray to the quietly authoritarian social democrat John Rawls to the postmodern Marxist and one-time terrorist Antonio Negri.
 
Anderson pays particularly close attention to the United States, the democratic capitalist nation par excellence, showing how it differs from other liberal democracies in its robust religiosity, vigorous civil society, and constitutionalism—all under threat from the American Left. Finally, Anderson explores the thought of some of the deepest anti-utopian thinkers who are friends—albeit critical ones—of the modern regime of liberty, including the brilliant French political theorist Pierre Manent and the godfather of neoconservatism, Irving Kristol.
 
Crisply and vividly presented, Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents is an essential guide to the conflicts of our time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933859248
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
I. The Bourgeois Prospect 1 Capitalism and the Suicide of Culture....................3
2 The Ineducable Left....................23
II. The American Difference 3 From State to Civil Society....................37
4 Religious America, Secular Europe....................51
5 A Brief History of Judicial Activism....................69
III. Recto/Verso 6 The Antipolitical Philosophy of John Rawls....................91
7 Bertrand de Jouvenel's Melancholy Liberalism....................107
8 The Absolute Intellectual....................129
9 Liberal Folly and Conservative Peace....................141
10 What Is Democratic Modernity?....................151
Index....................179

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